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Los violadores del amanecer (1978)

A gang of four out of control adolescent ruffians egg each other on, to take hostage, torture, and brutally rape several girls, whilst on the run from the law.


Ignacio F. Iquino


Ignacio F. Iquino (screenplay) (as Steve McCoy)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Mireia Ros ... Dana
Linda Lay Linda Lay ... María
Eva Lyberten Eva Lyberten ... Elisa (as Eva Libertein)
Alicia Orozco Alicia Orozco ... LagartaCaña
Silvia Solar Silvia Solar ... Tía de Dana
Sonia Senties Sonia Senties ... Hermana de Dana
Carme Contreras ... Madre de María / Voz en multitud (as Carmen Contreras)
Lluís Torner Lluís Torner ... Manolo (as Luis Torner)
Mercè Bruquetas Mercè Bruquetas ... Madre de Dana (as Mercedes Bruquetas)
Joan Borràs ... Comisario Vives (as Juan Borras)
Antonio Molino Rojo ... Padre de Rafi (as Molino Rojo)
Ricard Reguant Ricard Reguant ... Policía (as Ricardo Reguant)
Tunet Vila Tunet Vila ... Manolo
Alejo del Peral Alejo del Peral ... Olegario
Fredy Ripers Fredy Ripers ... Acosador de Lagarta


Rubiales, Rafita, Quinto, Caña and Lagarta are the members of a youth gang that has specialized in raping young girls. The four boys and the girl look for their victims at the exits of the schools and they lead them to some vacant lot where, immobilizing them, each and every one of them systematically violates the helpless victim. Dana, a young woman belonging to a family of the high bourgeoisie, suffers the attack of the band and as a consequence, gets pregnant. The trauma that Dana suffers due to the violent aggression, plus the news that she expects a son leads her to almost madness.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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During the filming Alicia Orozco is pregnant in real life with her future daughter Marieta Orozco, also an actress, born in February 1978. See more »


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Holy Grail of 'Rape films'
15 September 2015 | by FalconeerSee all my reviews

Although it isn't too surprising that "Rapists At Dawn" is banned in it's native land, I'm not sure why it isn't available elsewhere. It's counterparts, like "Last House On the Left," "House On the Edge of the Park" and "I Spit On Your Grave" etc are out there for commercial consumption. What makes Dawn more disturbing isn't the graphic nature, as the film never ventures into hardcore territory; but the sheer amount of rape and violence. This is one nihilistic and angry film. The four youths depicted are like a gang of hyenas, raping and beating random women with utterly no sense of guilt or remorse. And it just goes on and on. Women, always attractive, with beautiful bodies, are beaten, whipped with belts and degraded in every way imaginable. One girl is gang raped until she is bleeding from her vagina, and the gang of thugs walk away laughing when they have finished satisfying themselves. This movie is supposed to be some political allegory on the level of violence among youth during that time, but the scenes of brutality are filmed in a voyeuristic way that seems to be designed to sexually arouse the viewer. If this were straight forward porn, it would actually be less offensive, because it would be written off as adult entertainment, But because it is a legitimate film, it must be taken seriously.

As a fan of violent, grind-house cinema from this period, I quite like "Dawn Rapists." It is even more powerful and well-made than some other movies in it's genre. Sadly the copy that I have doesn't have English subtitles, and there doesn't seem to be any available. I'm surprised because there must be a cult following for this. In fact, due to it's rarity, and troubled history, I wouldn't be surprised if some consider this movie the 'Holy Grail' of rape films..

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3 May 1978 (Spain) See more »

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Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

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